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Bills roundup: Overture, curtain, lights

By Tim Graham

On the opening day of training camp, and with the first live practice less than two hours away, here are some Buffalo Bills preview links:

* The Kick Is Good offers valuable tips for fans planning to attend training camp at St. John Fisher College.

* Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan sets the stage in today's paper by gauging the Bills' excitement level in Pittsford.

* Associated Press reporter John Wawrow writes the Bills are embracing the outside expectations and intend to meet them.

* Olean Times Herald sports editor Chuck Pollock expects attendance -- lagging in recent years -- to pick up at St. John Fisher because of excitement around the team.

* WGR's Chris Parker sums it up: "The way it usually works for me is I get excited when practice starts and then realize it's still just practice. Then I start looking forward to the first exhibition game.  Then the third quarter of the first exhibition game shows up and I'm pretty much ready for September."

* As part of his camp overview, blogger James Walker writes there shouldn't be a quarterback controversy with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Vince Young.

* writer Chris Brown examines how much Buffalo's rookies gained during their two-week run-up to camp.

* No. 4 on Sports Illustrated writer Peter King's list of camp thoughts pertains to the "new hope" around Buffalo.

* Pro Football Weekly posted training-camp capsules for every team, broken down by division.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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